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Waste Stream Colour Coding

Waste stream colour coding has been identified by the Construction Industry as an integral part in raising Waste Awareness, separating waste at the source, reducing the amount of construction waste sent to landfill, and providing cost savings to construction companies.

"As a country, we are embarking on a massive thrust to increase recycling rates and all sectors must play their part. This is particularly true of construction which in tonnage terms accounts for around a quarter of all waste produced. Standard coding is vital so that in time everyone on site will react subconciously to a colour and symbol on a skip and only placing in it what the colour suggests it should contain. Result: Automatic segregation, and improved quality of material recovered."
Peter Gerstrom, Chairman, ICE Waste Management Board

An Industry led, generic colour coding scheme has been developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for use in the Construction Industry. This has been adapted in our Case Study to provide site specific information and direction for Construction Industry employees.

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Hazardous
Colour: Orange
   
Inert
Colour: Grey
   
Metal
Colour: Blue
   
Mixed
Colour: Black
   
Packaging
Colour: Brown
   
Gypsum
Colour: White
   
Wood
Colour: Green
   
Compactor Only
Colour: Yellow
  *Example of infrastructure specific material
   

 

   
   

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